As part of the Upstate International festivities, Greenville Sister Cities International would like to invite you to our 5th annual Belgian Beer Dinner! This wonderful evening full of great conversation, laughs, and culinary delight will take place on Monday March 12th at The Trappe Door, downtown Greenville, SC.
Seating is limited, so please contact The Trappe Door ( or 864.451.7490) to reserve your seats – especially if you plan on coming with a larger group. In order to confirm and keep your reservation, you will be required for advance payment at The Trappe Door within 1 week of signing up.
Full refunds will be available upon cancellation at least 1 week before the event, i.e. by Sunday March 19th the latest. The money for later cancellations and no-shows will serve as a fundraiser for Greenville Sister Cities International.
Fancy a trip to Greenville, SC? Why not tackle along the Kortrijk Sister City Delegation in Greenville, SC from May 9th – 13th?
The main purpose of the ‘K2G’ delegation visit is for both cities to learn more about -and be inspired by- each other’s people, ambitions, approach and accomplishments. In addition, it’s all about:
exploring shared interests and mutual opportunities related to government, urban development, education, arts, and business.
establishing many new and valuable relationships between community, educational, and business leaders in Kortrijk/West Flanders and Greenville/The Upstate, that are excited about helping to maintain and develop this sister city relationship, while providing new opportunities for them-selves and the organizations or companies they represent.
developing the Kortrijk-Greenville bridge as a unique gateway between our both countries.
For the epicureans, enjoy a “Belgian Beer Dinner” on Wednesday May 10th at 7 pm at The Trappe Door, downtown Greenville. This “fusion” menu is a mix of Belgian with Southern specialities. The cost per person is $70 all-in (without alcohol: $50 per head), including meeting those Belgian Delegation participants:
Mr. Vincent Van Quickenborne, Kortrijk Mayor and Member of the Belgian House of Representatives
Ms. Kelly Detavernier, Kortrijk City Council Member
Ms. Dominique Viaene, Sister Cities Coordinator for Kortrijk
Mr. Stijn Debaillie, Coordinator at DesignRegio Kortrijk
Mr. Matthieu Marisse, Regional Director for VOKA South-West Flanders
Mr. Piet Grymonprez, Co-Founder & Managing Director of MyMachine Global Foundation
Ms. Isabelle Pertry, Head of the Internationalization Department at Howest
Mr. Roel Vandommele, Director of Education at Howest
Ms. Isabel Vanslembrouck, Director of Research and Development at VIVES
Ms. Patricia Waerniers, Director of Education at VIVES
Dr. Petra Huyst, Staff Member Research at KULAK
Prof. Dr. Ir. Wim Thielemans, Provincial Chair of Advanced Materials at the Renewable Materials and Nanotechnology Research Group at KULAK
Mr. William de Baets, Consul General for Belgium in Atlanta
Mr. Wim Van Cauteren, Trade Commissioner at Flanders Investment & Trade
Mr. Anton Mertens, President of the Belgian American Chamber of the South
Mr. Jean-Louis Vanderstraeten, President of the French American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas (and a Belgian!)
Of course, a number of “Greenville VIPs” will also be in attendance, and it will be a very relaxed and enjoyable event; no formalities or black tie…. Only 32 spots remaining for the dinner, out of a total of 80 – First come – first served [invitation has not yet been extended to the general public].
Hot from the press … a real 6-course Belgian Beer Dinner organized by Greenville Sister Cities International as part of the Upstate International Month will take place on Monday March 21st, 2016 at the Belgian tavern The Trappe Door [South Carolina]. Up to you to pick the Goût de France dinner [see recent article] close to home or hit a 150-mile drive [via I-85 N] for true Belgian delight! Of course, you can do both!
Upstate International Month highlights the beauty of Greenville’s diverse community through musical and artistic performances, discussions, book talks, culinary experiences and much more during the month of March. Take a look at their events calendar. Greenville is ‘sister’ with the Belgian medieval city of Kortrijk since 1991, and their interactions include student exchange programs through Furman University and exchanges between local garden clubs.
The Trappe Door, is a Belgian tavern with an old-world vibe offering in its regular lunch menu [to name a few] Cheese Croquettes, Coq Au Vin, Carbonades Flamandes and as dessert Belgian Waffles and White Chocolate Profiteroles. And I will take note of that restaurant for future travel plans!